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Political Slugfest on Suggestion the White House May Take an Iran Deal to the UN

Joseph Braude | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Joseph Braude

Reports emerged in the American media Thursday that President Obama may propose a resolution to the UN Security Council calling for the lifting of international sanctions on Iran, if an agreement is reached by the "P5+1" negotiating team over the country's nuclear program.

East Asia: A Farewell to Arms

John Feffer | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

This is an ideal moment for Asia to offer a different approach to settling the myriad conflicts that have bedeviled the region for years. If Asia bids farewell to arms as a means of solving conflicts, it can set a powerful example for the rest of the world.

Finding Security in Cooperation

Helen Young | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Helen Young

At present the U.S. and Russia have the majority of the world's nuclear weapons and also have the deepest experience in verification. However, that reality has limited the world's capacity for reducing the nuclear threat.

Russian Nuclear Violations, What to Do?

Jon Wolfsthal | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Jon Wolfsthal

The government has determined that Russia is in violation of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. This violated raises the obvious question of what is to be done. In considering its options, the Obama administration has at least two historical models to follow.

Godzilla Is Back -- and He's Got Something to Say

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.16.2014 | Entertainment
Joe Cirincione

Thank you, Mr. Edwards, for sending Godzilla to correct the balance. His monster accurately conveys the view held by many security experts today: Whatever value nuclear weapon may have had during the Cold War, they are now a major liability, not a security asset.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Joe Cirincione

Godzilla is coming to a screen near you on May 16, Hollywood's latest action-packed thrill ride. But will it keep faith with the original Godzilla -- one of the world's first anti-nuclear movies?

Did Russia Violate the INF Treaty?

David W. Kearn | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
David W. Kearn

The New York Times ran a front page article reporting that Russia may have violated the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty by testing a new cruise missile. The story received little further coverage and seemed to disappear with the kickoff of the Sochi Olympics.

Nuclear Peace Emerging in the Middle East

William Lambers | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
William Lambers

Last year ended with some momentum toward ending the standoff over Iran's nuclear program. If a comprehensive agreement can be forged this year, it will be a major step toward freeing the world of the costly and dangerous burden of nuclear weapons.

The INF Treaty and Regional Missile Threats

David W. Kearn | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Given its overwhelming conventional military superiority, increasing missile defense capabilities, and guarantees to key allies, the United States does not require these missiles to deter Iran or North Korea.

Air-Sea Battle and the Challenge of Access

David W. Kearn | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
David W. Kearn

A highly-coordinated first-strike by China could essentially disarm Taiwan, and also knock U.S. bases in the Western Pacific off-line. To address this challenge, thinking within some quarters of the Pentagon has seemingly centered on a new operational concept called Air-Sea Battle.

Detection of North Korea Test Shows CTBT Can Be Verified

Jon Wolfsthal | Posted 06.24.2013 | World
Jon Wolfsthal

Debates over the value of arms control agreement often center on the issue of verification -- can you be sure that cheating will be detected? The verification system to be put in place under the CTBT, however, has been unfairly maligned by those who oppose the treaty of philosophical grounds.

Human Rights Groups Answer NRA Fear-Mongering

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amnesty International and other human rights groups on Thursday pushed back against the National Rifle Association's ongoing campaign to...

Joshua Hersh

Egypt Tear Gas Report Puzzles Washington | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.28.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- A report in an Egyptian newspaper that claims the United States has approved new shipments of tear gas to Egypt under the strict, and po...

The Pentagon as a Global NRA

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.16.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

While the administration is pledging to try to curb the wholesale spread of ever more powerful weaponry at home, what is it doing about the same issue abroad where it has so much more power to pursue the agenda it prefers?

Gun Control and Arms Control

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.01.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Preventing or restraining armed aggression needs to be tackled not only by arms control and disarmament, but by just and effective governance on the local, national, and international levels.

Sam Stein

Frank Lautenberg To Introduce High-Capacity Magazine Ban Post-Sandy Hook | Sam Stein | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) will introduce legislation in the next Congress to ban the sale of high-capacity magazines, his office to...

Richard Falk and David Krieger's 'The Path to Zero'

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.13.2012 | Books
Lawrence Wittner

Faced with the disastrous indifference of national governments to the fate of the earth, the people of the world would do well to study The Path to Zero, an extended conversation on the nuclear dilemma by two of its most brilliant analysts.

Andrea Stone

Why Rural Senators Want A Big Nuclear Arsenal | Andrea Stone | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- North Korea's failed rocket launch and new arms talks with Iran have thrust the issue of nuclear proliferation back into the headlines. ...

U.S. Missile Defense Fantasy is Souring U.S.-Russian 'Reset'

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

In his widely praised April 2009 Prague speech, President Obama presented a farsighted goal to strengthen U.S. and global security by reducing nuclear arsenals around the world. But since then, his administration has undermined its efforts to meet that laudable objective.

Global Arms Trade Treaty Picks Up Speed

Louis Belanger | Posted 09.14.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

The Control Arms coalition is calling for a bullet-proof treaty that will prevent irresponsible arms transfers that fuel conflict, poverty and serious human rights abuses.

Why We Must Ban High-Capacity Gun Magazines

Sen. Frank Lautenberg | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics
Sen. Frank Lautenberg

It's time to end the bloodshed and restore common sense to our gun laws -- beginning with a permanent ban on high-capacity gun magazines. These deadly devices are the weapon of choice for the deranged.

Fresh Security Consensus Trounces Cold War Politics in New START Victory

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The New START treaty has obvious benefits for national security. But the overwhelming vote in favor of the treaty (71-26) has much broader significance. And the still sizable vote against it, a troubling dark side.

Dems Beat Back GOP Efforts To Alter Arms Treaty

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama tried to sway reluctant Republican senators on Monday to back a new arms control treaty with Russia as GOP a...

GOP Senators Swing Back to Military, Boost New START Prospects

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Forced to choose between the recommendations of the US military and the extreme views of Senators Jon Kyl and Jim DeMint, enough Republican senators are going military to win Senate approval of the New START treaty this week.

Why We Need New START

Rizwan Ladha | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rizwan Ladha

This article will be short, but hopefully to the point: New START must be ratified because right now, and as of December 6 of last year, we can no lon...